Samaritans volunteers from across Ireland are Fleadh ready as they prepare to support thousands of revellers over the weekend of 16th to 18th of August at the forthcoming Fleadh Cheoil in Drogheda.
Listening volunteers will be available on the street in the vicinity of The Tholsel, near the junction of St. Peter’s St/ St. Laurence’s St/ Shop St./ West St. for anyone who needs emotional support, from 9pm on Fri 16th through to the early hours of Sat 17th Aug, and again from around 11 a.m. on Sat. through to the early hours of Sun 18th Aug.
Samaritans Irish Festival Group was established 21 years ago and has been supporting thousands of people ever since. More than 2,000 people were given face to face emotional support by its members last year.
Theresa Potter, a Samaritans volunteer and Director of the Irish Festival Group, said volunteers set up camp for the weekend- usually sleeping in a local school or community centre and take it in shifts around the clock to be there for anyone who may need a listening ear.
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“When you go to an event, with thousands of people you expect that they are having a good time, but that’s not always the case “she said.
“We want to get the message out that Samaritans will be available, day or night, to support those who need us. Anyone who might be struggling to cope, or who may be feeling anxious, depressed or alone in the crowd, can look for a Samaritan to talk to. “
The welcome we get from the public, especially young people, is so encouraging. They feel that it is incredible that someone has given up their weekend to go out , rain or shine, to be a listening ear to anyone who may be in need, Theresa added.